The Year of Tommy John surgeries continues stampeding along and it doesn’t seem that anything will be able to stop it. The latest to be added to the list of Tommy John victims is Dodgers relief pitcher Chris Withrow, who was told last week that he had suffered a tear of his ulner collateral ligament and would require the procedure.
Withrow will reportedly seek a second opinion and then proceed from there, but if history holds, there will be no reprieve for Withrow. He will be sent packing to the House of Tommy John.
The 25-year-old Withrow was having a solid season for the Dodgers, posting a 2.95 ERA in 21 innings with 28 strikeouts. His last appearance for the Dodgers came on May 20 when he got two outs against the Mets. He was sent to triple-A shortly afterward to make room for Hyun-Jin Ryu.
When last asked about Withrow’s status, Don Mattingly had very little to say. “There’s some stuff going on. I don’t know what they’re willing to release at this point,” Mattingly said per SB Nation. “I know medical is getting to the point where they’ll release something.”
The news turned out to be as bad as you could imagine for Chris Withrow, who now joins the seemingly endless roll call of pitchers suffering torn ligaments that can only be repaired via radical surgery.
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